When my bestie Vivien moved to New York in winter 2016, I knew this meant that I am going to have a second (or rather third) home to stay – yay! Back then, I always dreamed of going to New York and find out whether the big Apple really was how it is always portrayed in the movies. So I went to visit her in March last year, and of course, being the geeky tourist that I am, I made her go to all the famous places (that she had already seen 1000times) with me – Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge… Well, you have to cover the New York basics first, don’t you?! I was overwhelmed by the vibrancy of the city and I absolutely loved it. Anyway, I promised that I will come again to visit… and this is exactly what I have done only a few weeks ago! This time however, things were a little bit different …
Cut-out the touristy stuff – it’s time to experience the real New York City lifestyle!
This was exactly my attitude for this trip. Time Square?! Been there, done that! I wanted to feel how it is to be a local citizen of NYC, and who else could better show me than Vivien, who has been living there now for more than 1,5 years. First, I had to get rid of the touristy cues. Last year I bought this super corny Yankee’s cap and proudly wore it the whole time after figuring out whether it was referred to basketball or baseball (omg, haha) … this year I decided to leave it at home. This year, I am not a tourist. While I cannot be completely cool about these kinds of things, I at least had to make a deal out of the outfits I packed for this trip. What is the New York style for me? Well, definitely a mix of sporty and chic! I’m talking oversized trenchcoat, rough denim, high heels but also sneakers, big anonymous sunglasses… I totally saw myself fitting just right in that yellow-cabs scenery.
Second, I did not make a plan. Places I wanna see? Ummm, I don’t even care, I am a local guys!! Vivien and I were pretty much only strolling through the streets, having a coffee and lunch date after the other, while catching up with life. Also, what was pretty awesome is that we were invited to quite a few blogger, beauty and networking events. Its just crazy how much is going on in that city, it really never gets boring. Third, I also had to spend some time alone when Viv was at university, which was totally alright.. since, that’s what locals do, right – you don’t always have a guide with you. Of course I had to get a bit lost in the underground, but honestly, that also happened to me after living in Berlin for one year, haha. Fourth, party like a New Yorker! You know what that means? It means taking more time to get ready for the party than actually being at the party. In NYC, you dress up! Going out in the same clothes you wore all day? Ehhhm, don’t even think about that! While it can get a bit annoying to always go the extra mile, I actually think it’s nice to dress up from time to time. The process can be really fun, or even relaxing I think! And seeing everybody else making an effort makes nights out in NYC really special.
Overall, I absolutely enjoyed my stay in NYC again. After all, pretending to be a local in a foreign city is not so difficult when the city is so full of diversity. You feel like you fit right in, effortlessly. I’m sure I’ll go back again one day.
// I’m Wearing:
Oversized Trenchcoat – Edited
Bag – Jimmy Choo
High Heels – Konstantin Starke via Zum Norde
Jeans – ASOS
Top – ZARA